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Community invited to ReThink Charlotte Salon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Contact: Alban Burney, Assistant to the City Manager

Councilman David Howard has invited the thought leaders of Charlotte’s progressive community to join him at the “ReThink Charlotte Salon” on Monday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m. for the first of four important conversations to discuss how the City might re-position itself for the future. This salon focuses on how Charlotte can be a contender and host of the emerging mobile technology industry, and will address the City’s ability to leverage recently planned and proposed investments in mobile access and technology to enhance Charlotte’s global reputation in innovation and entrepreneurship. The event is free and open to the public. Location and RSVP details are below.

The panel will include executives from the Global System Mobile Association (GSMA), Mobile World Capital, Acta Consulting, and The Next Big Thing (TNBT) Global – all leaders in mobile technology with key insights about the infrastructure and environment Charlotte can cultivate to develop the East Coast’s Silicon Valley.
“Throughout its history, Charlotte has accomplished economic development by advancing infrastructure and strategic workforce training to support industries in the region,” says Councilman Howard. “Charlotte has grown into a financial hub and an energy capital because entrepreneurs, economic developers, urban planners, and a progressive electorate were visionary, intentional, and committed to building communities that are increasingly desirable for businesses, visitors, and families.”
In support of the business community, Charlotte’s community college and universities are successfully training the local workforce in informatics, big data analytics, mobile computing, and nanotechnology. Packard Place and UNC Charlotte’s small-business incubators are facilitating entrepreneurship and collaborative technology development. Also, with technology infrastructure investments made in preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention and potential investments from AT&T, Google, Comcast, Microsoft, and others on the horizon, Charlotte is poised to enter the global realm of “Smart Cities.”
“My goal is always to create jobs for our residents,” continues Howard. “And through this discussion, we can prime Charlotte to host the next generation of business.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Event Details
When: Monday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267 (600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
RSVP: by 5 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 704-336-4947 or